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Program Therapist – Autism Program – Elementary/Middle School

Education, Experience and Certification Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, psychiatric nursing or other related field is required
  • Current Maryland clinical license is required; LCPC and LCSW-C are required
  • MSDE School Social Worker certification or eligibility for MSDE School Social Worker certification (LCSW-C only)
  • Three or more years of successful clinical experience working with children and/or adolescents with Autism in a school setting is preferred
  • Knowledge of DSM and IDEA and their specific applications to educating students with special education needs and emotional and other disabilities preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities are a plus

Key Job Functions

  • Employ clinical strategies and techniques to provide appropriate therapeutic interventions to encourage students to be school ready
  • Ensure counseling and behavioral support service requirements are met to maintain 100% compliance with students’ IEPs and requirements are rendered as prescribed on the IEP
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to adapt a variety of therapeutic interventions and behavior management practices to meet the needs of individual students; evaluate therapeutic effectiveness, document, and make modifications based on data, reflection and feedback
  • Conduct student functional behavioral assessments (FBAs)
  • Provide case management for students by collaborating with parents, guardians, and outside agencies; make appropriate referrals for needed services and look for new resources that support students’ social and emotional growth
  • Participate in the development and monitoring of students’ IEPs, BIPs, and FBAs including completion of required documentation within set guidelines
  • Complete required related service notes and billing documentation accurately and within assigned deadlines; ensure Medicaid forms are completed by parents/guardians
  • Provide clinical supervision to the dedicated aides assigned to the students on their caseloads to help the dedicated aides understand the students’ social, emotional, and academic profile; collaborate with these dedicated aides to develop and implement specialized interventions and incentive plans as needed
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how our students’ disabilities impact their behavior and ability to learn; display knowledge of students’ diagnoses and adapt intervention strategies accordingly to meet the requirements of the students’ IEPs and BIPs
  • Maintain student confidentiality in accordance with The Foundation Schools Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Statement and student record confidentiality procedures

This is an 11 month position – end of August – end of July